40 Year Old Doctor Who Episode Holds Timely Warning For Today
“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views.”
In the classic Doctor Who story “The Face of Evil”, the Doctor (Tom Baker) and his companion Leela (Louise Jameson) attempt to usher a peace between two warring tribes. The Doctor reminds us in the episode that those in charge sometimes have an interesting way of dealing with facts. Over the weekend, the Trump administration engaged in exactly the practice the Doctor warned of, with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lying about the attendance of Trump’s inauguration, and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway later saying that Spicer wasn’t lying, he was using ‘alternative facts’. Something to keep in mind as we watch this administration develop over the next four years.